Fragments from the book for children "Wise Short Tales"
How to find a good school
A boy had a place at the best school in town. In the morning, granddad took his grandson to the school. When the boy and his grandfather went into the playground, the children surrounded them.
“What a funny old man,” one boy smirked.
“Hey, fatty,” another one shouted, pulling a face.
The children jeered at the pair, and jumped up and down. Suddenly, the bell rang and the children ran off to their first lesson.
The old man took his grandson firmly by the hand, and led him out of the school gate.
“Brilliant, I don't have to go to school!” the boy exclaimed.
“You do, but not this one,” his granddad replied. “I'll find you a school myself.”
Granddad took his grandson back to his own house, asked granny to look after him, and when off to look for a teacher himself.
Every time he spotted a school, the old man went into the playground, and waited for the children to come out at break time. In some schools the children completely ignored the old man and in others, they made fun of him. When this happened, he would turn sadly and go home. Finally, he went into the tiny playground of a very small school, and leant wearily against the fence. The bell rang, and the children swarmed out into the playground.
“Sir, are you all right? Shall I bring you a glass of water?” a voice said.
“We've got a bench in the playground – come and sit down,” came another voice.
Soon a young teacher came out into the playground. The old man greeted him and said:
“Finally, I've found my grandson the best school in town.”
“You're mistaken, sir. Our school is not the best – it's small and cramped.”
The old man didn't argue. Instead, he made arrangements with the teacher for his grandson to join the school, and then he left.
That evening, the boy's mum said to the old man:
“Dad, you can't even read. How do you know you've found the best teacher of all?”
“Judge a teacher by their pupils,” - the old man replied.
Questions to accompany the story
- Do you think the old man found the right school?
- How should a school be in order for children to enjoy going there?
- Imagine you're asked to design a “school of wisdom”. Talk about the subjects the children would study, and describe what the lessons would be like.
- Draw the “school of wisdom”.
Fragment from the book for kids "Wise Short Stories"
What do books teach us?
When a blind boy joined the school, the pupils asked the teacher in surprise:
“How can he learn if he's blind?”
“A person is only blind without books\ , and our new pupil can read with his hands. He has special books with little raised bumps instead of letters,” the teacher explained.
To begin with, the children made fun of the boy, but he paid no attention. He remembered everything after hearing it just once, and soon the other children started asking him for help with their work.
The blind boy spent his spare time reading. The teacher wrote out as many books in Braille as she could. Sometimes the teacher even read books out to the boy herself, and they discussed what was written together.
Once, in the middle of class, the teacher felt a stabbing pain in her heart, and slowly collapsed onto her chair. The pain didn't go away, but the teacher kept going until the end of the class.
Suddenly, the blind boy cried:
“Our teacher's not well – we need to get a doctor straight away.”
The children leapt up from their seats. The doctor arrived, and took the teacher to hospital on a stretcher.
“How did you know that the teacher wasn't well?” the children asked in amazement.
“Her voice was shaking, she went white and kept stopping in the middle of sentences. That's how I knew.”
“So you can see?” one boy asked.
“I can't see, but I can feel. For example - Anthony, I felt this morning that you were sad. You probably got into trouble at home.”
“Yes, that's right. But how can you feel if you can't see?” Anthony asked in wonder.
“Books taught me to feel,” the blind boy explained. “When a person feels, in a way, he or she feels. Remember what our teacher told us: A person is only blind without books .
Questions to accompany the story
- Do you enjoy reading?
- Describe a book which taught you something important.
- What else, apart from books, can help someone feel another person's emotions? (nature, music, art).
- One person is the leader. The others describe various characters in books, without saying their names. The leader must guess who the children are talking about.
Fragment from the book for children "Wise Short Stories"
It's never too late to learn
When a new pupil arrived in the music class, all the children burst out laughing.
“You're in the wrong place, granddad!” someone shouted.
“Quiet, children. Meet Mr Boo – I used to teach his children. They grew up a long time ago. Now Mr Boo no longer has to work, and he wants to learn the flute himself,” the teacher explained.
“Can old people really learn?” the children asked in surprise.
“It's never too late to learn ,” the teacher replied.
To begin with, the children sniggered at Boo, but soon the old man learned to play the flute better than any of them.
Two years went by. Flutist Boo, as they had now begun to call him, was invited to play at lots of concerts, even though he was still just a pupil.
“This year, instead of a final exam, the best pupils will perform in a flute concert in the capital,” the teacher announced one day.
“Is Mr Boo coming too?” the children wanted to find out.
“Of course, he's our best pupil. It will be his exam to become a musician. The King will be an honorary guest there. He has prepared the prize for the best musician – a golden flute.”
When Boo's turn to play arrived, no one wanted to let him on the stage.
“You're in the wrong place, granddad – this is a competition for pupils!” they told him.
“And I'm a pupil!” the old man replied proudly.
Boo cast a spell over the entire hall when he played. At the end, even the king was on his feet, applauding him.
When Boo was presented with the golden flute, his teacher declared:
“It's never too late to learn .”
Questions to accompany the story
- Why do adults and old people rarely study something new?
- People often say that adults lose their memory and ability to learn. Do you agree with this opinion?
- What should you do to make sure you never lose your ability to learn?
- Interview the parents on the topic: “What else would you like to learn in life.”
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